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Prominent Washington lobbyist Thomas Boggs Jr. dies at 73

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 05:02
Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., who was a pioneer in melding the practice of law and lobbying and led the prominent Washington lobbying shop Patton Boggs for many years, died on Monday at age 73, his family said. He sat at the center of Washington's business, legal and political circles for decades representing U.S. Boggs was the son of former Louisiana congressman Thomas Hale Boggs, who served as U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader, and former Representative Lindy Boggs, who was elected to her husband's House seat after he died in a 1972 plane crash.

Report: Wing parts fell before Reno Air Race crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:55
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A wing apparently malfunctioned before an experimental aircraft crashed, killing a retired Air Force pilot from California during qualification heats of the Reno National Championship Air Races in Nevada last week, according to a preliminary crash report.

USC breaks ground on $650 million campus village

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:53

This Sept. 11, 2014, photo shows the construction site of the new USC Village north of the main USC campus, in Los Angeles. When completed in 2017, officials say the project will replace what was once a seedy old shopping center adjacent to USC with a bucolic, village-like setting of walkways, plazas and green space that will be dotted with retail outlets such as a grocery store, salons, boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, a bank, a 30,000-square foot fitness center and on-campus housing for 2,700 students. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California broke out the Trojan Marching Band on Monday to beat the drum for a $650 million expansion that school officials say will not only transform the campus but also the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood surrounding it.

Teen accused as accessory in California bank heist

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:45
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of moving what had been an intended getaway car two days after a deadly Northern California bank robbery, police said Monday.

Strict dress code nets detentions at NY school

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:42
NEW YORK (AP) — A strict new dress code adopted by a Staten Island school has resulted in several detentions in the last two weeks.

Bear attack in Wyoming kills Utah man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:42
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A 31-year-old Utah man has died in a bear attack in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in northwest Wyoming.

New Hampshire man appeals conviction for killing teen

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:40
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire man is appealing his conviction for killing a 19-year-old college student lured to his apartment for sex. Seth Mazzaglia, 31, was found guilty in June of first degree murder and several other charges related to the 2012 killing of Elizabeth Marriott, who was a student at the University of New Hampshire. Mazzaglia was sentenced last month to life in prison without the possibility of parole. His attorney, Joachim Barth, filed a notice of appeal late Friday that raised several objections to how the trial was conducted. ...

5 Peoples Temple victims among names released

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:37
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Five victims of the 1978 Peoples Temple mass suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, were among the names released Monday by Delaware officials of people whose cremated remains were recently discovered inside an abandoned funeral home.

Police: Burglary suspect flees after confronted by resident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:36

 Burglary suspect flees after confronted by residentPolice in Delaware County arrested an attempted burglary who they say ran from the home after being spotted by the resident.

Governor vows capture of Pa. trooper's killer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:36

 Rifle used to ambush Pa. troopersInvestigators followed up on leads as the intensive manhunt for a gunman who ambushed two troopers outside their remote barracks, killing one, continued.

Atlanta airport to reopen after partial shutdown over suspicious package

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:34
(Reuters) - Part of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was set to reopen on Monday after a suspicious package found inside the departures section of the international terminal caused a brief shutdown, an airport spokesman said. Local and federal authorities were quickly on the scene on Monday afternoon to investigate the package, which was detonated and determined not to have been dangerous, airport spokesman Reese McCranie said. (Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky in New Orleans; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Peter Cooney)

New York City needs to step up nail salon inspections: watchdog

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:33
By Sebastien Malo (Reuters) - New York City needs to beef up inspections of its 2,000-plus nail salons to ensure that customers are not exposed to health hazards during routine manicures, the city’s top watchdog said on Monday. Public Advocate Letitia James recommended that the city set up its own team of inspectors to complement a state-led force of 27 who are responsible for an estimated 5,000 salons in New York, from Long Island to the Canadian border. ...

Miss America responds to 'Red Cup' performance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:30

Miss America responds to 'red cup' criticismThe new Miss America says there are more important things for people to worry about than her little red cup.

Obama awards Medal of Honor to two Vietnam War veterans

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:22

Obama awards the Medal of Honor at the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor, America's most distinguished honor for heroism in combat, to two soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War, one who survived and one who was killed in action. Obama hung the medal around the neck of 80-year-old Bennie Adkins, of Opelika, Alabama, who as a 32-year-old Green Beret in 1966 braved enemy fire again and again to help fight back an attack by the North Vietnamese on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. ...

Oklahoma City bombing memorial adds new exhibits

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:13

Cassidy Middle School seventh grader Malavika Rajaram, 12, watches an interactive touch screen display in the newly renovated second floor of The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, in Oklahoma City Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. A key piece of evidence, hundreds of oral testimonies and new artifacts were unveiled Monday at the memorial and museum, dedicated to the deadly 1995 bombing. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Paul B. Southerland)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A key piece of evidence, hundreds of oral testimonies and new artifacts were unveiled Monday at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum dedicated to the deadly 1995 bombing.

Bullying at Florida school led to boy's suicide, mother says

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:13
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities in Florida are investigating the death of a 14-year-old boy whose mother on Monday said fatally shot himself in his middle school bathroom last week because he could no longer endure unrelenting bullying by fellow students. "The hopelessness was overwhelming," Shaniqua Hawkins, the mother of Lamar "Shaq" Hawkins III, told a news conference. ...

Bill Cosby to loan art collection to Smithsonian

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:11

Bill Cosby to loan art collection to SmithsonianAfter amassing a private collection of African-American Art over four decades, Bill Cosby and his wife Camille plan to showcase their holdings for the first time in an exhibition planned at the Smithsonian Institution.

Judge sees confession tape in '79 missing boy case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:08

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2012 file photo, Pedro Hernandez, right, appears in Manhattan criminal court with his attorney Harvey Fishbein, in New York. Circumstances of Hernandez' confession are set to be scrutinized at a hearing to determine whether his statements are fair game for trial -- a question that rests partly on whether he was mentally capable of waiving his rights. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — After the videotape clicks on, the 53-year-old calmly tells investigators how he choked 6-year-old Etan Patz in the basement of a Manhattan convenience store on May 25, 1979. He describes putting the boy, who was still alive, into a plastic bag, then putting the bag inside a box and dumping it nearby.

Judge OKs auction for closed Revel Casino

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 03:55

Judge OKs auction for closed Revel CasinoA U.S. Bankruptcy Court trustee is objecting to the proposed auction date for the Revel Casino Hotel and a $3 million breakup fee that would go to a Florida developer if he's outbid for the recently shuttered site.

Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 03:52

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012, file photo, Jill Kelley leaves her home in Tampa, Fla. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson says Jill Kelley can press her claim that the FBI and Defense Department violated her privacy when officials allegedly leaked information about her to the news media. Berman also tossed out more than a dozen other claims of government wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that a Florida woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.